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Makeup Artist Q & A by Ann DeNicolo of Flirt Makeup

Q. How do you suggest I begin the search for my wedding day look?

A. Bridal makeup has so much to do with your personality and style so it’s important that you look your best on your wedding day.  If you’re not exactly sure what style and colors would be best for you, your makeup artist can help you decide.  Some things I take into consideration are the style of your wedding dress, accessories, florals and bridesmaids dresses.  Color themes or design elements can also be a source of inspiration for makeup.  Searching the internet or magazines is always a good way to get a feel for looks that interest you.

Q. What should I bring to the trial appointment?

A. Clean skin or as little makeup as possible.  Images of your wedding dress and any accessories are helpful.  You can also bring any other concept images you have (florals, bridesmaids dresses, etc).  Feel free to bring images of makeup and hairstyles that you may want to try.  All of this can help your makeup artist get a feel for your personal style as well as possible color options for makeup.

Q. Are there certain looks that pair well with different dress styles?

A. Of course there are no rules when it comes to how you want your makeup to look on your wedding day but there are endless options from the more traditional “classic” bride to the more contemporary “high fashion/glamor” bride.  Every dress has it’s own look and feel and the right makeup can really pull together all the elements.  Another fun option if you plan to wear any additional dresses after the ceremony is wearing a second look.  So maybe the wedding dress is the more natural makeup look and the cocktail dress is a smokey-eyed, sultry look.

Q. Is it best to stick with more neutral colors or can bridal makeup be any color palette?

A. There are so many beautiful colors to choose from it would be a shame not to use all of them!  I think it’s all in how the makeup is applied.  I don’t believe there are colors that are off limits for anyone, just different ways to wear them and in different amounts.  For example, if you love purple eyeshadow but are not sure if it’s right for your wedding day there are ways to tone it down so that it looks natural and timeless.

Q. Which is better, airbrush makeup or traditional makeup?

A. It really depends on the person, type of event and the look.  For weddings, airbrush is a really great option because what I use is waterproof and wears for 8+ hours.  Airbrush is my preference for weddings because it gives me a lot of versatility but there are times when traditional makeup is the better option.  In other words the decision is sort of case by case but I lean towards using the airbrush gun.

Ann DeNicolo has always been passionate about art, beauty and fashion.  After completing her training as a professional skin care specialist in San Diego, Ann began her career as an esthetician and makeup artist in the summer of 2002. As a professional makeup artist for M.A.C., Ann was able to create fresh new looks tailored to fit each client’s personal style.  As an esthetician, she has been educating clients about the importance of proper skin care and holds certifications for numerous treatments including hyper pigmentation, acne and rosacea.

Ann has been providing professional makeup artistry as a consultant since 2002. During this time, she has assisted countless clients with many requirements including:

Bridal makeup

Studio photography including fashion, boudoir and maternity

Televised demonstrations

Runway fashion shows

Group and personal makeup instruction


Thank you Ann!